Source: Ellen Macarthur Foundation
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The alternative protein space continued to heat up with this week’s headlines. Impossible Foods is set to launch its plant-based pork product in the US, Hong Kong and Singapore restaurants this Thursday. Cultured meat firms Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms received funding from environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Dutch scientists have made cell-based caviar a reality.
Last but not least, the Ellen Macarthur Foundation has released a study explaining how food brands and supermarkets can make nature-positive food in a circular economy the norm.
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The ground pork product will first be available in restaurants in the US, Hong Kong and Singapore, with further plans for retail expansion in those markets in the coming months.
Food brands and supermarkets have the power to make nature-positive food the norm. The Foundation’s latest study, The big food redesign: Regenerating nature with the circular economy, explains how.
Funding will allow Ripple to increase its offerings—vegan cheese and soft serve are in the works—as well as speed expansion plans. It’s currently sold in the US and Canada, but plans are to take it global.
The scale of DiCaprio’s investment was not disclosed. The actor will also serve as an advisor to both companies.
Imperfect Foods’ grocery sales skyrocketed during the pandemic. Now CEO Philip Behn has left as the company lays employees off.
Researchers are developing what they will call Magiccaviar, a cell-cultured fish roe product made from in vitro grown oocytes.
The startup has developed a checkout system for physical restaurants using QR codes.
The company worked on drone delivery at Google before exploring robot-powered greenhouses. Its new facility will become operational later this year.
Blue White Robotics’ platform combines robotic tractors with management software so that one human can control a fleet of autonomous vehicles to fulfill a number of different farming tasks.
The better-for-you holding company’s latest funding round is full of notable investors ranging from Indra Nooyi to Cindy Crawford.
The grocery delivery startup operates a network of its own dark stores to do fulfillment, enabling it to offer groceries in 15 minutes. It currently has eight London stores–now with the funds to expand.
The startup partners with sustainable farming enterprises and other food producers to help them access working capital for their businesses.
The startup uses a combination of fermentation techniques to make products that have a look, texture and nutritional profile similar to those from animals.
The illness is driven by the extreme conditions of factory farming. Chickens with white striping have fat content that is 224% higher than those without the affliction, decreasing the meat’s protein content by 9%.
A package of legislation from the City Council set minimum pay and working conditions, placing New York at the forefront of regulating a multibillion-dollar industry.
Food spending in the region will hit more than $8 trillion by the start of the next decade–up from $4t in 2019–becoming the world’s largest food and beverage market.